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Patrick Russell

Patrick heads the non-fiction team at the BFI National Archive, where he has worked since 2000 and has led several major archival projects drawing on the British tradition of documentary and non-fiction filmmaking.

Patrick’s curatorial specialism is the history of industrial and sponsored film, and their equivalents in today’s contemporary corporate media. Among the archive’s rich holdings in this field, he cites as his favourite the film and video collection of the National Coal Board.

He co-edited the books Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-war Britain (2010) and The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon (2004) and is the author of 100 British Documentaries (2007) and several chapters in edited collections.

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Articles by Patrick Russell

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  • Remembering John Krish (1923-2016)

    Our tributes to the great British filmmaker John Krish, who has died aged 92.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016


  • EVCOM Screen Awards 2016

    Dubbed the Oscars of specialist video, the EVCOM Screen Awards this year recognised more than a hundred projects commissioned across the corporate and charity sectors. 

    Thursday, May 5, 2016


  • The films that built Out of the Rubble

    A guide to the archive films that feature in Penny Woolcock’s new documentary Out of the Rubble, which premiered on Film4 and is available online on BFI Player.

    Monday, February 8, 2016


  • Anthony Simmons (1922–2016)

    Curator Patrick Russell pays tribute to the late British director Anthony Simmons, best known for his features The Optimists of Nine Elms and Black Joy but with an equally rich background in documentary.

    Friday, January 29, 2016


  • Shooting the message #22: Buddy Films

    Riding the crest of a growing market for branded video content online, this Twickenham-based production company’s clients have included Google, Jaguar and the Football Association.

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016


  • Waverley Steps: a day in Edinburgh

    Curator Patrick Russell is intrigued by the abiding romantic power of Waverley Steps, a 1948 evocation of the Scottish capital.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015


  • Shooting the message #21: Armoury London

    Meet Armoury London, a startup production company with a vast roster of brand films and commercials for clients including Reebok, Grey Goose vodka and Battersea Dogs Home.

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015


  • Shooting the message #20: Video Arts

    The inside scoop on communications film legend Video Arts, founded by Anthony Jay and John Cleese 40 years ago.

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015


  • Shooting the message #19: Radley Yeldar

    Our latest communiqué from the world of corporate filmmaking examines the rise of Radley Yeldar, an award-winning production company with clients including Network Rail and the bulk of FTSE 100 companies.

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015


  • Born in 1915: eight great British documentary filmmakers

    Born 100 years ago, these centenarians all deserve to be remembered as key players of British documentary in the mid-20th century.

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015


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